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Adapted vs. conventional cattle genotypes: sustainability for organic and low input dairy production systems

Zollitsch, Werner; Ferris, Conrad; Sairanen, Auvo; Rinne, Marketta; Steinwidder, Andreas; Horn, Marco; Moorby, Jon and Vestergaard, Mogens (2014) Adapted vs. conventional cattle genotypes: sustainability for organic and low input dairy production systems. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 25-28.

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Dairy cow strains arising from conventional breeding programmes are frequently perceived as unsuitable for organic and low input milk production systems. While farmers have identified a number of breeds and strains as being ‘adapted’ to organic and low input systems, there is often little scientific evidence to indicate that these breeds are more appropriate than conventional genotypes.
Thus the purpose of this study is to examine the response of different dairy genotypes (i.e. "conventional" versus "adapted") to an undersupply with nutrients and energy, which is a characteristic of low input systems with limited dietary supplementation and to provide information on the metabolic response of dairy cows to such dietary restrictions.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishDairy cowshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_26767
Englishgenotype environment interactionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_24577
EnglishLow input agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_34370
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Research affiliation: European Union > SOLID
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:266367
Deposited By: Zollitsch, Dr. Werner
ID Code:23716
Deposited On:27 Oct 2014 16:47
Last Modified:03 Oct 2015 12:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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